E. Ethelbert Miller

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E. Ethelbert Miller
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at the 2013 Fall for the Book
Born (1950-11-20) November 20, 1950 (age 67)
Occupation Professor
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater Howard University
Genre Poetry; memoir

Eugene Ethelbert Miller, best known as E. Ethelbert Miller (born November 20, 1950), is an African-American poet and teacher.


Miller was born in the Bronx, New York.[1] He received his B.A. from Howard University. He is the author of nine books of poetry, two memoirs and is the editor of three poetry anthologies. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Poet Lore, and Sojourners.

Miller was the founder and director of the Ascension Poetry Reading Series, one of the oldest literary series in the Washington area. Since 1974 he has been director of Howard University's African-American Resource Center.[2] Miller has taught at various schools, including American University, Emory & Henry College, George Mason University, Harpeth Hall School and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was also a core faculty member of the writing seminars at Bennington College. He worked with Operation Homecoming for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).[3]

A sign on the north entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro station in Washington, D.C. An excerpt from "The Wound-Dresser", by Walt Whitman, is inscribed into the granite wall around the entrance escalators. An excerpt from "We Embrace", by E. Ethelbert Miller, is inscribed into the sidewalk surrounding a nearby circular bench.

He currently serves as board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies. He is also on the boards of Split This Rock and the Writer's Center, and is co-editor of Poet Lore magazine. He is former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., and has served on the boards of the AWP, the Edmund Burke School, PEN American Center, PEN/Faulkner Foundation, and the Washington Area Lawyer for the Arts (WALA).

In 1979, Marion Barry, the mayor of Washington, D.C., where Miller lives, proclaimed September 28, 1979, as "E. Ethelbert Miller Day."

His papers are held at Emory & Henry College and The George Washington University.[4]


  • 2004: Fulbright recipient
  • May 21, 2001: Mayor of Jackson, Tennessee declared day as "E. Ethelbert Miller Day"[5]
  • 1997: Stephen Henderson Poetry Award
  • 1995: O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize
  • 1994: PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award
  • 1993: Columbia Merit Award
  • 1982: Mayor's Art Award for Literature
  • September 28, 1979: Mayor of Washington, D.C. proclaimed day as "E. Ethelbert Miller Day"[5]






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